The Josephine Heart

The Josephine Heart

A Poem by DannyLynne Riley

There you go

looking smug

and all that

like the Cheshire cat

who got the

canary

very

arrogant

and scarey

because

life is complicated

its a funny little thing

and when I wasn’t

on the other

end of that string

you found it didn’t mean

as much

this clever guise

to keep me

in touch

backfired hard

exploding in your face

I was still on the run

still MIA

disgraced

and encased

within this horrid

bitter battle

of a

pitter patter splatter

that left

my heart

in shards

and tatters

But the years have gone by

and were all a little older

even still its the thing

I cant quite seem

to get over

and it keeps me away

keeps the memories at bay

of the pretty papered wall

where the scrawl

of silence hangs

a rhapsody of shame

exquisitely framed

hidden

within

a forbidden

strain

of blame

 

because you thought that you

could take forcefully

The things I gave up willingly

and that's how I finally

set myself free

I refused to give you

the satisfaction

of conjuring up

my bitter reaction

and with this feast

I exposed your famine

I served it up royal

with a clever distraction

the hard cold truth

in pursuit

of a platter

dinner is served

and its

the heart of the matter

my raw heart

so cold and still

as you continue on in

for the umpteenth kill

and you feigned surprise

you said “be a little kinder”

but the shiny blinders

fell to the barren floor

and you didn't have the luxury

of the lie anymore

for in its place

you faced

the irony

of reality

and how gallant

and effectively

the sky

could mock

the setting sun

murdering the stars

one by one

oh but my

wasn't it so much fun?

and you were so

surprised

to find

beneath

the Valentine

disguise

that this is the place

where the real heart hides

under a sad and lonely score

not the pretty paper heart

you were hoping for

for in this

raw twist

of all that's said

and what was done

just to find

the heart looks more

like a fist

wrapped in blood

 

~DannyLynne~

 

© DannyLynne Downtown Journals

© 2013 DannyLynne Riley


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This is amazing!! I love every part of it. So much great description and its just beautiful. I can relate to the first line of the second stanza, that feels like so many situations in my life. I really like how it ends too, reminds me of the movie closer, the line about the heart looking like a fist wrapped in blood. This is one of my new favorite poems.

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DannyLynne Riley

6 Years Ago

Lol...you are very observant...yes the last line was spurred by the movie "Closer" (one of my all ti.. read more


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This is amazing!! I love every part of it. So much great description and its just beautiful. I can relate to the first line of the second stanza, that feels like so many situations in my life. I really like how it ends too, reminds me of the movie closer, the line about the heart looking like a fist wrapped in blood. This is one of my new favorite poems.

Posted 6 Years Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

DannyLynne Riley

6 Years Ago

Lol...you are very observant...yes the last line was spurred by the movie "Closer" (one of my all ti.. read more

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DannyLynne Riley
DannyLynne Riley

Eugene, OR



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I was born in Springfield Oregon...but grew up in the Southern regions of the country. At age 15 I entered into a world of prostitution and heroin addiction that nearly claimed my life. Through it .. more..

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